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First United Methodist Church
1831 Arlington Ave.
Bessemer, Alabama 35020

OHS Database ID 22617.

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Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The condition of the organ is in not known or has not been reported to the Database.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition February 7, 2007.
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Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Three manuals. 3 divisions. 22 stops. 33 registers. 22 ranks. 1416 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in chambers at the center front of the room. There are no visible pipes. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is in a fixed position, center.

Stop keys above top manual. Balanced swell shoes/pedals. Adjustable combination pistons. Concave radiating pedalboard. Crescendo Pedal. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Combination action thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.


  • Identified through online information from James R. Stettner. (Database Manager. January 6, 2006)
  • Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. (Database Manager. February 7, 2007)

Online Documents

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  • Organ Recital. Program for first recital on the organ, with a description of the instrument on the fourth page.. Author: First Methodist Church, Bessemer, Alabama Source: This is a reproduction of the original program, printed on 11x17 paper for an anniversary recital in the 1990s.. Document Date. March 14, 1930. Document received from Jim Cook 2016-09-30.

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Church Exterior. Photograph by Jim Cook 2005-05-19
Swell Pipework: Oboe, Traverso, Celeste, Stopped Flute, Salicional, Bourdon. Photograph by Jim Cook 2006-10-21
Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by Jim Cook 2006-10-21
Builder's Opus Number plate (above knee board). Photograph by Jim Cook 2006-10-21

Pipe organs in Alabama sponsored by Hayes Pipe Organ Service.

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  • Typed stoplist - taken from console

  • Bessemer, Alabama
    First United Methodist Church
    Kimball Opus 7275 (1930)
    From Console
    Great                                  Swell
    Open Diap. 8'                          Bourdon 16'
    Clar. 8'                               Open Diap. 8'
    Viola 8'                               Stop. Flute 8'
    Octave 4'                              Salic. 8'
    Trumpet 8'                             Voix Celeste 8'
    Tremolo                                Flauto Traverso 4'
    Chimes 8'                              Oboe Horn 8'
    Great Sub 16'                          Tremolo
    Great Super 4'                         Harp 8'
    Swell Sub 16'                          Swell Sub 16'
    Swell Unis. 8'                         Swell Super 4'
    Swell Super 4'                         Choir Unis. 8'
    Choir sub 16'
    Choir Unis. 8'
    Choir Super 4'
    Choir                                  Echo
    Concert Flute 8'                       Echo Melodia 8'
    Dulc. 8'                               Flute Celeste 8'
    Unda Maris 8'                          Vox Humana 8'
    Flute d'Amour 4'                       Tremolo
    Clarinet 8'                            Chimes
    Tremolo                                Echo Sub 16'
    Harp 8'                                Echo Super 4'
    Celesta 4'                             Echo to Swell
    Choir Sub 16'                          Echo to Choir
    Choir Super 4'                         Echo on Swell Off
    Swell Sub 16'                          Echo on Choir Off
    Swell Unis. 8'
    Swell Super 4'
    Diap. Result. 32'
    Open Diap. 16'
    Bourdon 16'
    Lieb. Ged. 16'
    Octave 8'
    Flute 8'
    Still Ged. 8'
    Chimes 8'
    Choir Unis. 8'
    Great Unis. 8'
    Swell Unis. 8'
  • Typed stoplist - taken from console Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.
  • Stoplist copied from the console February, 1988

  • Bessemer, Alabama
    First United Methodist Church
    W.W. Kimball Co., Opus 7075, 1930 - Original Specifications
    GREAT (Enclosed w/Choir)               SWELL (Expressive)
       8'  Open Diap.              61         16' Bourdon                 73
       8'  Clar.                   61         8'  Open Diap.              73
       8'  Viola                   61         8'  Stop. Flute             73
       4'  Octave                  61         8'  Salic.                  73
       8'  Trumpet                 61         8'  Voix Celeste      (tc)  61
           Chimes                 (21)        4'  Flauto Traverso         73
       Great Sub                              8'  Oboe Horn               73
       Great Unison Off                           Tremolo
       Great Super                           [8'] Harp              (Ch)  --
                                              Swell Sub
                                              Swell Unison Off
    CHOIR (Expressive)                        Swell Super
       8'  Concert Flute           73
       8'  Dulc.                   73
       8'  Unda Maris        (tc)  61      ECHO (Expressive - Antiphonal)
       4'  Flute d'Amour           73         8'  Echo Melodia            61
       8'  Clarinet                73         8'  Flute Celeste     (tc)  49
           Tremolo                            8'  Vox Humana              61
      [8'] Harp                   (49)            Tremolo
      [4'] Celesta                                Chimes
       Choir Sub                              Echo Sub
       Choir Unison Off                       Echo Super
       Choir Super
                                              Echo to Swell
                                              Echo to Swell Off
       32' Diap. Resultant         --         Echo to Choir
       16' Open Diap.              32         Echo to Choir Off
       16' Bourdon                 32
       16' Lieb. Ged.        (Sw)  --
       8'  Octave                  12
       8'  Flute                   12
       8'  Still Ged.        (Sw)  --
           Chimes            (Gt)  --
    COUPLERS                                  FINGER PISTONS
       Swell Unison to Pedal      [8]            General               1 - 8
       Swell Super  to Pedal      [4]            Swell                 1 - 8
       Great Unison to Pedal      [8]            Great                 1 - 8
       Great Super  to Pedal      [4]            Choir                 1 - 8
       Choir Unison to Pedal      [8]            Sforz.                (rev)
                                                 Mast. Swell           (rev)
       Swell Sub    to Great     [16]            Univ. C
       Swell Unison to Great      [8]
       Swell Super  to Great      [4]
       Choir Sub    to Great     [16]         TOE STUDS
       Choir Unison to Great      [8]            Pedal                 1 - 6
       Choir Super  to Great      [4]            Gt - Ped              (rev)
                                                 All Swell to Master   (rev)
       Swell Sub    to Choir     [16]
       Swell Unison to Choir      [8]
       Swell Super  to Choir      [4]         PEDAL MOVEMENTS
                                              Swell Master            (bal.)
       Choir Unison to Swell      [8]         Gt/Ch Expression        (bal.)
                                              Echo  Expression        (bal.)
                                              Crescendo               (bal.)
       Ped. to Combo On/Off   [Swell]
       Ped. to Combo On/Off   [Great]
       Ped. to Combo On/Off   [Choir]
    ACTION: Electro-Pneumatic Pitman & Unit
    VOICES: 22
    STOPS: 33; inc. chimes, harp, and celesta
    RANKS: 22
    PIPES: 1,416
    [Received on line from James R. Stettner January 09, 2010.]
  • Stoplist copied from the console February, 1988 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.